Free Expert - led Mini-Seminars 

Thu, 19/11/2020


40 - 60 minutes
Via Zoom
Organised by Transition Buxton

To join in, please email You will receive an ‘invitation’ to join via a zoom link the day before the mini - seminar.  

  • Participatory Budgeting
    Alan Budge
    Thursday 22nd October

Alan Budge, who lives in Buxton and helped to write the Buxton Economic Resilience Study (2016), has worked to support the development of Participatory Budgeting (PB) across the UK for the last 15 years. He has a particular interest in ‘Green’ Participatory Budgeting, where community decision-making can be harnessed to help address the challenges posed by climate change.  Alan will share his ‘Our Planet, Our Money’ themed Ted Talk then discuss how these tools and methods could be used locally to increase local influence or local public spending.

  • Buxton Neighbourhood Plan
    Jane Reynolds, Joe Dugdale & Richard Silson
    Thursday 5th November

Buxton is unusual in not being ‘Parished’, i.e. it does not have its own Town Council - that means that all decisions about Buxton, including planning matters, are decided at by the Borough Council. Planning is always sensitive and often decisions are made by officers following national guidance, at present that is enshrined in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the Local Plan. There is a way that the people who live & work in Buxton can shape local planning policy: a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP). This is a formal planning document created by local people for their Neighbourhood which then has the same force in planning decisions as the Local Plan. A group of volunteers have made a start by creating a Community Interest Company (CIC) to be the ‘Accountable Body’ in place of a Town. The CIC has no power and only one objective, to produce the NDP. Find out more during this webinar

  • ‘Me and My Electricity’
    Peter Ranson
    Thursday 19th November

Peter will share his non-technical story of how he has been able to establish a home energy system which minimises the use of electricity from the grid whilst maximizing the use of the solar power generated from his panels. Peter’s story may be useful for anyone considering going down a similar route. It is aimed at anyone with limited electrical expertise.

You can watch recorded versions of previous mini seminars if you missed them here: